Tomas Kopecky Proving To Be a Key Player For The Chicago Blackhawks

May 8th, 2010 by Michael Wagner Leave a reply »
Much of the talk surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks during their series with the Vancouver Canucks has involved the reemergence of Dustin Byfuglien as a force in front of the net.

However one player that many people have overlooked during this series is forward Tomas Kopecky.

Unlike Byfuglien, Kopecky has not had a hat trick during these playoffs or had a target on his back like Byfuglien has but Kopecky has been a consistent producer.

Kopecky has played the similar style that Byfuglien has been asked to play by getting in front of Roberto Luongo and making his life in the crease a living hell.

He has taken abuse from the likes of Luongo, Kevin Bieksa, and Alexander Burrows but has stood his ground, taken some licks but has been rewarded with a goal and an assist.

Throughout the regular season Kopecky's role with the team was rather undefined, spending time in the top six, the bottom six, and even spent time as a healthy scratch.

Even with him being moved throughout the lineup he was able to post career numbers with 10 goals and 21 points in 74 games.

However in the playoffs he has found his role ...

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